Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) Technology for Winter Maintenance
A Peer Exchange Workshop
This workshop was aimed at providing a forum for peer exchange of information among participants with the aim of identifying best practices and areas where most benefits have been gained from use of AVL technology in winter maintenance. The participants will consist of representative from state Departments of Transportation (DOTs), city and regional agencies, researchers, and other stake holders with experience in AVL technology as well as California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) district and division directors, managers, engineers, operational staff, research staff, maintenance and equipment crew, and other interested groups within the Caltrans organization. The workshop is organized by the Advanced Highway Maintenance and Construction Technology (AHMCT) Research Center at the University of California-Davis in collaboration with and under funding from Caltrans. Participation in the workshop is by invitation only. The workshop resulted in networking, exchange of knowledge and addressing questions such as:
1. What are the experiences of other state DOTs and transit organizations in using AVL technology in winter maintenance?
2. What are some of the benefits and challenges in using AVL technology?
3. What are the common equipment or devices, material, and vendors that offer reliable AVL technologies?
4. What are some of the best practices in using AVL technology in winter maintenance operations?
5. What are some of the shortcomings of commercially available systems and services in this area?